July 27, 2012 – 7:17 am


Come September 10 in the UK (September 11 in the US), Bob Dylan will roll out the 35th studio LP of his career, Tempest. For some, this news will be greeted with much eagerness. For others, it’s another groan.

For those of you who sat through ALL of Christmas In The Heart (2009), do you think the Tempest will blow you away?

Or do you still look forward and wait in anticipation when a new Dylan album is announced?

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  2. Can’t say I’m waiting with eagerness, but Bob Dylan always deserves a good listen. He’s changed modern music a few times already, you can’t expect him to be revolutionary anymore, but still… Long live (and long record!) Bob Dylan!

    By frank capra on Jul 27, 2012

  3. Of course I’m looking forward to the new album, it’s Dylan & he’s always worth listening to.

    Even if it’s not brilliant it’s bound to be better than “Saved”.

    As FC says it’s not going to be revolutionary but nor was Sinatra & he carried on making records that sold well even when his voice was shot.

    By TheOtherGuest on Jul 27, 2012

  4. I am actually looking forward to hearing it. My expectations…somewhere in the middle. I’m pretty sure the run of Time Out Of Mind - Love & Theft - Modern Times is officially over. Together Through Life, while I enjoyed it quite a bit, was ultimately good but not great and his voice seems to have declined significantly since even that album. However, he’s still brilliant and can’t be counted out. One thing that makes me think it could be better than Together Through Life is that it seems to a more considered affair than that somewhat slapdash collection. I don’t know if I’ll pre-order but I am definitely looking forward to hearing it!

    By Jeremy Shatan on Jul 27, 2012

  5. I can’t wait to hear it. I’m a pretty big fan and will find a lot to like even if the masses criticize it.

    By Phil on Jul 27, 2012

  6. bobs unrealeasd stuff is better than most others greatest hits.will get the cd and deluxe cd and vinyl.cheers.paul

    By paul on Jul 27, 2012

  7. the copy i have isnt what i was expecting from what i was led to believe it would be with all the build up after all these months of hearing this and that about what he was writing. the title track is like a very long desolation row and is like the most meaningful track on the cd which is 75mins long btw. that song alone is about 14mins long. there are 10 songs on the cd. another song roll on john is a tribute to lennon and makes references to some of his songs.
    i personally love very long songs so in that respect i do love those songs. but i am also more into heavy guitar oriented songs and i wish bob included more of that with his lyrics. i love dylan and proof of that is that i named my son after him. my copy of this is one single file. id like to get this in the normal way and im looking forward to it.

    if anyone is interested.. the tracks are —
    1. “Duquesne Whistle”
    2. “Soon After Midnight”
    3. “Narrow Way”
    4. “Long and Wasted Years”
    5. “Pay in Blood”
    6. “Scarlet Town”
    7. “Early Roman Kings”
    8. “Tin Angel”
    9. “Tempest”
    10. “Roll On John”

    By darth on Jul 28, 2012

  8. how the hell could this be a groaner?
    We are talking about the man who gave the world “Like A Rolling Stone”..the man who has continually reinvented himself and his music for 50 years…I look forward to a new Dylan release the way some look forward to the unearthing of a new Hemingway novel or a Picasso painting.
    Genius need not repeat itself, instead genius continues to grow and change.

    By sluggo on Jul 28, 2012

  9. Bob is Bob. Whether you spell it forward or backward he is still Bob. Mostly he surprises sometimes he may disappoint but he never does what you expect.

    By sking on Jul 28, 2012

  10. “For those of you who sat through ALL of Christmas In The Heart” ………… who’s to say that any work by any artiste is sub-standard, below par, boring etc., call it what you will. These works have come form the heart and head of the artiste and reflects the views, feelings and thoughts of that artiste at the time. It is more appropriate to say that you didn’t like an album as much as previous ones but don’t suggest that the work that YOU don’t like that much is a reflection of the artiste’s capabilities - this work may be the favourite piece for others. And to suggest that the way an artiste’s work will somehow predict the quality of forthcoming efforts is niaive to say the least.

    By Daij on Jul 28, 2012

  11. And who’s to say it isn’t. Once an artiste (artist) produces work to sell it becomes product.
    The fact that I think some “piece of art” is not good is my opinion and is just as valid as the artiste’s opinion about how his product is “the best I ever done,…so far.”

    By madbaddad on Jul 28, 2012

  12. I thought dylan was dead?

    By Jack Flash on Jul 28, 2012

  13. Always excited but not always overjoyed with the results. If Bob releases I will buy…unheard.

    By rondelrio on Jul 28, 2012

  14. Dylan is Dylan…Long live Bob Dylan!!!

    By Rochacrimson on Jul 28, 2012

  15. interesting that it will be released on September 11, since Love and Theft was released on the fateful day of 9-11-2001. Since most all of the record stores/malls closed on the east coast closed due to the tragic events of that day, many could not get the album on release day. i was managing an FYE store at the time, and had gotten a pre-release copy a week or so earlier. Still love the stuff on that. as someone mentioned earlier, LAT was the middle record of a magnificent triad. ‘course bob has had several trifectas in his career. Yes, i’m excited for tempest, and will, as usual, go in without expectation. And yes, i will buy it. Bobby D continues to be Bobby D, call him legend, or liar, or poet, or thief, one thing is certain, there is no quit in him.

    By Billy Jack on Jul 28, 2012

  16. Bob Dylan never stops being intriguing even when he is recording questionable material (of which the Christmas album is only the latest; there’s also “Self-Portrait” and all those late 80s albums to answer for before “Oh Mercy.” But you cannot ever count him out; the man will push the envelope and always has another “Time Out Of Mind” or “Modern Times” in him. He has to deal with his past every time out but does not necessarily intend to repeat it.

    By Tony on Jul 29, 2012

  17. If Bob Dylan wrote the songs on “Tempest,” then I am interested in hearing it. He is the greatest songwriter of our time, and always deserving of a listen. People criticize his voice, but no one does Bob’s songs like Bob. And no one sounds at 71 like they did at 21. Long live Bob Dylan!

    By aking on Jul 29, 2012

  18. I find myself warming ever more to Dylan as he ages. Perhaps because I am not much younger than him? I enjoy his slightly twee folksy/country musings on life, and still marvel at his phrasing and the images he conjures with words.
    Of course I will get the new CD!

    By Tony on Jul 29, 2012

  19. Bob’s earliest writings are his best, in my opinion. But, as the others suggest, his music is always worth a listen before comments or critiques can be made. Rock on, Bob!

    By Tom Billings on Aug 1, 2012

  20. Certainly, Tony, Bob’s earliest material is quite excellent, but I’ve always been partial to his stuff from 1965’s Bringing It All Back Home through 1967’s John Wesley Harding and the Basement Tapes. In a sense, I think Dylan is still ultimately defined by the songs of that three year period.

    By Jim Shelley on Aug 1, 2012

  21. I don’t look forward and sit in anticipation but I think Dylan’s recent stuff is very good. He’s evolved over time and still writes great songs. His vocals are what you’d expect from someone his age who’s performed for so long. He’s got a low down bluesy growl now. His live shows are worth it too. He continually changes arrangements of his old hits. You sometimes need a while to recognize an old favorite. He’s a legend!

    By steve22 on Aug 2, 2012

  22. i’m just not the christmas music type of guy so i really didn’t listen to his christmas alblum(just a few songs free on the internet). but i;m sure i will give his new alblum a try. thanks again for the free music bigo

    By whdup on Aug 3, 2012

  23. can’t deny his legacy, let’s hope he grows old gracefully, he has enough good material to be given a chance still..

    By Liam NSW on Aug 4, 2012

  24. Bob Dylan has been on a roll since “Time Out Of Mind”, the Christmas album notwithstanding.
    Not to mention “Dignity”, “Things Have Changed”, and so many of the soundtrack one-offs he’s released. He’s America’s greatest living lyricist, and I’m anxious to hear “Tempest”

    By Ken Weber on Aug 4, 2012

  25. I’m surely looking forward to a his new album. I guess if an artist of his age and status walks into the studio to record a new set of songs, it’s not to please the record company, nor even his fans, but simply to satisfy his own creative need, to try out new words, stories, music styles, and to continue his never ending tour with new material to play & “play with”, continuesly reshaping and recreating. I will always be intrigued by this man and yes, I’ll buy the new album whatever the critics say.

    By Bart Ostyn on Aug 8, 2012

  26. Few artists even when they are bad they are way better then the rest, and after all we’re talking about the BOB, so even if he’ll decide to perform the complete agreement that comes with Apple software I’ll look forward to it. September 10 will
    not come to early.

    By Itzik G. on Aug 9, 2012

  27. is there any other artists music which is waited with as much anticipation as bob

    By barrie on Aug 10, 2012

  28. Just another Bob CD - hear it, like it, feel it, …

    By Rioo on Aug 14, 2012

  29. Yup, a new one of the King of Bobs is always worth a listen. But that said, I wonder if I would keep it playing. If I listen to Dylan I usually take older albums like Blood on the Tracks, Oh Mercy or the 1966 live stuff. So why bother listening to a new Dylan album? Well, even Dylans lesser quality songs are always better than most of the rubbish that is released elsewhere although I admit that Dylan’s Christmas album is by far worse than even Self Portrait and Dylan (both had at least some OK songs).

    By psyclist on Aug 15, 2012

  30. Bob is the only artist whose CD I eagerly seek out on the first day. (Even the Christmas album, but can’t say I was in the mood to listen to it in October.) With advance word of a strong album, this has me even more excited. The past few albums have not been ones that I’ve listen to that often. I hope this one matches my expectations.

    By Kevin on Aug 16, 2012

  31. Go Bob. Bob takes risks. Some of his albums are goos ams some not. Far better than same old safe like many other aging stars.

    By john on Aug 16, 2012

  32. Groaner? Oh, please! Bob Dylan did not become the icon he is by performing “groaners”…

    By TDC on Sep 17, 2012

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